Nightcap is a blend of soothing herbs, valerian root and fruit pieces for moments of quiet relaxation. Its fruity, tart flavour from the combination of hibiscus, lemon myrtle and lemon grass makes it a welcome alternative to standard sleepytime teas such as chamomile. The butterfly pea and hibiscus flowers in this blend give the brewed liquor a deep purple colour.

Naturally caffeine-free!

For a surprise (and a bit of extra zing), add a squirt of lemon juice. The tisane will turn from purple to pink!

Ingredients: valerian root, butterfly pea, hibiscus, lemon grass, lemon myrtle, apple pieces

Warning: Valerian root is not recommended while pregnant, and should not be combined with alcohol or other drowsiness medication.

Caffeine Caffeine-free
Cup Strength Medium-Strong
Origin Blend
Tea Format Loose Tea
Type Herbal/Rooibos

I can't get past the smell.  Review by  DrD

This may be a miraculous tea for sleep, but it really smells terrible. And the taste is not much better. Just opening the lid of the canister is enough. This is the only Murchies tea that I have not loved. I ended up throwing it away.

Posted on 2023-10-12

Magical!  Review by  ['Teawater']

I was visiting Victoria so I was able to pick this up in person at their store. I absolutely love the tea, def more herby which I like but the color!! So whimsical! It’s like i’m drinking a magical sleep potion! I bet it would look with a little bit of that edible shimmer used in drinks! Would recommend!

Posted on 2023-06-24

not a favourite  Review by  Angela

I have enjoyed other blends with soothing calming qualities but not this one. The deep purple of Nightcap is very pretty in the cup - but while the components may aid in sleep, they lack some distinctive character. I do not suggestion cancelling it, but perhaps add some zing to the herbal mix? I will be experimenting with mine, and would welcome some other suggestions. lemongrass? jasmine flowers? even cinnamon? not sure...

Posted on 2023-06-15

Just need a tea bag version now  Review by  Rose

Camomile stopped working for me some time ago, and few other tea blends really helped me sleep, but this one made a difference. Only problem is that it only comes as a loose tea, which makes it difficult to keep up with my night time routine when I'm in a lot of pain or have a migraine. This tea is wonderful, but I sometimes just don't have the energy or patience to deal with meticulously scooping it evenly so I get a consistent cup.

Posted on 2022-10-03

It works and tastes pretty good  Review by  Heather

I have tried other things before bedtime and was surprised that this worked so well. It reduces my anxiety and helps me with sleep. It also doesn't taste like medicine, just fruity.

Posted on 2021-10-30

Miracle Tea  Review by  ['Rhythm']

It normally takes me a half an hour or longer to fall asleep no matter what I do, and sleepless nights are all to common for me, but this actually works. I have some just before bed, and within a couple minutes of laying down, I'm out. I wish it came in tea bags to make it easier to prepare at night, but loose tea works for now. It terms of flavour, this one was an instant hit in my house, even my roommate who never really liked tea actually said it is really good. It is definitely by favourite.

Posted on 2021-06-21

Best "sleep tea" yet  Review by  ['Insomniac J']

I love this tea. It has become part of my nighttime, pre-bedtime ritual. I have tried many teas designed to promote and/or assist with sleep. This one is the best, in terms of flavour, effectiveness, and cost per serving. And, it's great to support a Canadian company.

Posted on 2021-05-08

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Flavour Profile Guide

Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.

Tea Strength Ratings

This rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.

Light/Delicate Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour
Medium Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup
Medium-Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness
Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well
Very Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee               Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness

Coffee Ratings

We rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.

Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:

Light Roast           More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker
Medium Roast           Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess
Dark Roast           Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal

Body is the term used to describe how the brewed coffee feels in your mouth:

Light Body           Easy to drink with little lingering flavour, ‘thin’ or ‘clean’ feeling on the palate
Medium Body           Heavier, creamier mouth-feel with more lingering flavour
Full Body           Rich, full-mouth feeling: hits all of the palate and lingers

Brewing Guide | Murchie's Tea & Coffee

Tea Brewing Guide

Different types of teas should be brewed according to certain times and water temperatures to bring out their best flavours. Use this guide as a starting point, and then experiment until you find the perfect brewing method for your favourite tea.

Based on approximately one level teaspoon (2.5g) of loose tea or one tea bag per 6-8 ounce (180-240ml) cup. For stronger flavour, add more tea. Brewing for longer may increase the strength of the tea, but will likely also cause bitterness.

Brew times shown in minutes.

Coffee Brewing Guide

The simplest methods for brewing coffee are drip coffee, pour over and French press. These guidelines are a starting point; modify the ratio of coffee to water, the grind, and brewing time to your taste. If your coffee is not strong enough, increase the proportion of coffee per cup of water, grind the beans finer, or allow them to brew longer – or any combination of these factors. If your coffee is too strong, simply do the opposite.

Drip coffee or pour over method: hot water is gradually poured over coffee grounds and slowly drips through

  • Fine to medium grind coffee
  • 1.5 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water
French press: coffee grounds are ‘steeped’ in hot water, and then a filter presses down the grounds, allowing the finished coffee to be poured off
  • Coarse grind coffee
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup (e.g. 4-6 tbsp for a 4-cup French press)
  • Pour about 1/3 of the water over the coffee grinds; wait about 30 seconds and then pour in the rest
  • Wait 4-5 minutes, then push down the plunger to separate the grounds from finished coffee, and enjoy!

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